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Woman dies after being partially sucked out of window as plane engine blows up

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A woman has died after being partially sucked out of a plane window when one of its engines blew up in mid-air.

The mother-of-two, Jennifer Riordan was fatally injured and seven others were injured shortly after the Southwest Airlines jet departed New York bound for Dallas on Tuesday (local time).

She was hit by shrapnel after the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 blew an engine at 32,000ft during its journey from New York to Dallas.

Passengers dragged the woman back in as the sudden decompression of the cabin pulled her part way through the opening, but she was fatally injured.

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Amy Serafini and Hollie MacKay were two rows behind her, and told CNN she was hanging outside the plane for many minutes.

Parts of the engine smashed the window next to Mrs Riordan and she was sucked out of the plane, as fellow passengers fought to drag her back inside.

The pilot of the plane, a twin-engine Boeing 737 with 149 people aboard, took it into a rapid descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon (local time).

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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